Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology
Jan
8th
2010

Black-Tailed Rattlesnake from the Chiricuahua Mountains

I found this Black-Tailed Rattlesnake, Crotalus molossus, while hiking along a streambed with my sister in August of 2009. It was the first she had seen, unless you count the unfortunate roadkill we found near Douglass the night before. I love this species; it completely made our afternoon to find this guy.

Crotalus molossus
Crotalus molossus
Blacktail Rattlesnake
Blacktail Rattlesnake
Crotalus molossus
Crotalus molossus
Rattlesnake
Rattlesnake


 

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2 Responses to “Black-Tailed Rattlesnake from the Chiricuahua Mountains”

  1. Kat Parks says:

    They are so much more beautiful in Southern AZ than they are in Maricopa co. The one I relocated on the outskirts of South Mountain was drab grey tones.

  2. Bryan says:

    I think the desert phase blacktails in the Superstitions can look every bit as attractive as the animals in the South East. They aren’t high contrast by any means, but the tones of green, orange, and gold throughout can look beautiful. The first blacktail I ever found was in the Supers, and it was limegreen and white. Beautiful, and I’ve never seen another like it.

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